Projections, Film & Video: Fall, 2015
Projections screens feature-length and short-form films and videos by established and emerging contemporary artists. This season includes films and videos by contemporary artists Luke Fowler, Douglas Gordon, and Rachel Maclean that complement fellow Scottish artist Martin Boyce’s major exhibition When Now is Night—expanding upon the themes of film noir, masquerade, and the psychological affects of popular culture in Boyce’s work.
Dominic Molon, Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art, introduces each Thursday evening program. Opportunities for discussion follow each screening.
Projections is co-sponsored by the RISD Museum, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Film, Animation + Video Department, and the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University.
Luke Fowler: All Divided Selves
October 22, 2015 | 6:30 pm
All Divided Selves explores the work and legacy of Glasgow-born psychiatrist R.D. Laing—the charismatic, guru-like leader of 1960s British social and cultural revolutions—through a densely engaging and lyrical collage of archival material, Fowler’s filmic observations, and a dynamic soundtrack of field recordings and recorded music by Éric La Casa, Jean-Luc Guionnet, and Alasdair Roberts. (2011, 93 min.)
Rachel Maclean: Germs and Over the Rainbow
November 12, 2015 | 6:30 pm
Glasgow artist Rachel Maclean uses a wildly imaginative combination of masquerade and appropriated sound to investigate subjects ranging from political history to pop cultural phenomena. The artist plays all of the different roles in both Germs—which dissects and distorts advertising aimed at women—and Over the Rainbow, a dark, comedic parody of the fairytale, video game, and horror movie genres. (Germs: 2013, 3 min. / Over the Rainbow: 2013, 40 min.)
Douglas Gordon: Feature Film
December 10, 2015 | 6:30 pm
Turner Prize-winning Scottish artist Douglas Gordon explores the profound impact of film on psychological perception and an understanding of the world. Feature Film focuses on James Conlon as he conducts Bernard Hermann’s score to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Fleeting close-ups of Conlon’s gestures and movements trigger distinctive scenes from Hitchcock’s classic film. (1999, 75 min.)
Support for Projections is provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.